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Carterville, IL man convicted of attempted burglary


A Carterville, Illinois man has been convicted of attempted residential burglary.

Ronald E. Kelley, Jr., 48, was convicted of attempted residential burglary and burglary, both Class 2 felonies, after a jury trial was held on Monday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 7.

According to Michael C. Carr, the Jackson County state's attorney, sentencing has been set for June 24 at 10:30 a.m. Kelley's bond was revoked after the convictions and he was remanded to the custody of the Jackson County sheriff.

On August 31, 2014, officers with the Murphysboro Police Department were dispatched to a home on South 9th Street in Murphysboro for the report of an automobile burglary.

The vehicle owners told officers an unknown man, later identified as Kelley, was seen rummaging around in their vehicle. The owner then followed Kelley from the scene until he cut through a yard.

While officers were responding to this call, they received another from dispatch.

Dispatch said a man, matching the description given by the first victim, had tried to enter a home on South Street.

The victim said she heard a noise coming from her bathroom window. When she went to look, she said she saw someone, later identified as Kelley, halfway in her bathroom window.

When she confronted Kelley, she said he dropped out of her window and ran.

Officers noted both victims gave the same description of the suspect.

Within minutes of both calls, police found Kelley walking down the Shomaker Drive, which was a short distance from the original calls.

While searching him, officers say they found property identified as being stolen from another victim in the area, who lived on South 15th Street.

The investigation was conducted by the Murphysboro Police Department. Assistant State's Attorney Casey Bloodworth was responsible for the prosecution of this case.

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